Astute trades put Rays on path to success

Updated: October 7, 2008, 7:13 PM ET
From our old friend Alan Schwarz's piece in today's Times about the Rays:

    Gone are the days when the team would drop $10 million on a high school phenom who simply flamed out in the minor leagues (Matt White).

    Acquiring one-dimensional lugs like Greg Vaughn and Vinny Castilla -- who both became Devil Rays on perhaps the franchise's darkest day at the 1999 winter meetings -- is a nightmare not soon relived.